Blue Summer was created out of a love of travelling and a passion for textiles.
Over the years, our intrepid journeys have led us to discover talented artisan craftsmen, ethically working with local materials and resources to create wonderful, unique treasures.
We always travel with plenty of empty bags, that get filled, not with traditional souvenirs, but gorgeous local fabrics – our chosen keepsakes encapsulating colourful memories of the regions we visit.
As a family, holidaying with four children, we are always on the lookout for practical but funky items that are useful and easy to pack. It was while visiting Kenya that Blue Summer not only found, but fell in love with, kikoys – beautiful, handwoven, cotton sarongs. Initially attracted by the kikoys’ dazzling palette of vibrant colours, we were then seduced by their soft, lightweight cotton that lasts for ages becoming even softer with regular use. It made sense to investigate them further…
We quickly learnt and experienced that kikoys are not only fashionable sarongs worn on the beaches of Ibiza and Bali, but modern and versatile towels and bathrobes for all the family to use everyday.
We hope that you enjoy the Blue Summer collection as much as we have loved bringing it to you.
“Blue Summer Kikoys – not just for holidays.”
Blue Summer kikoys respect the environment with their natural dying process. They are ethically made from locally grown cotton in a Kenyan workshop, certified by The KEFAT (Kenyan Federation for Alternative Trade). This label ensures what the consumer buys is the product of Kenyan craftsmen who get an honest income and work in good conditions. Once the kikoys are woven, the tassels are then hand knotted at home by the artisans’ wives. This allows them to make extra money to send their children to school and improve their life standard.
All purchases of Blue Summer products through L’e Marquis qualify for BEARMILES on your account.